These Golden Days continues the saga of the Temple family. Enjoying relative prosperity with his law practice in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lane settles in to rebuilding his family life. All is not well with the oldest Temple daughter, Jessie, who appears to be hanging out with the “wrong” crowd. A terrible and senseless tragedy shakes Jessie’s life and propels her down a road she had not intended upon taking. Her “wild” boyfriend, Austin Youngblood, experiences something that may threaten their relationship more than Jessie’s choices and changes Austin’s life forever. As Jessie innocently sets out on her chase towards the life of glitter and glamour in Hollywood, she meets and experiences the more jaded side of show business. Will she realize all that she has left behind and return to the ones that really love her? Will Lane, who has been recalled into the marines for the war in Korea, escape this war alive and no more injured than with the memories of lives snuffed out in combat?
This book promises more of the same themes introduced in the first of the series. I was more encouraged by the content of this story than I was with the first book. An interesting glimpse into different aspects of the war such as combat, life at home for those left behind, and the Bob Hope tours to the men in combat. A fair read.